A scalar interface is defined as the surface separating the scalar-marked regions of a turbulent flow from the rest. The problem of determining the two-dimensional intersections of scalar interfaces is examined, taking as a specific example digital images of an axisymmetric jet visualized by laser-induced fluorescence. The usefulness of gradient and Laplacian techniques for this purpose is assessed, and it is shown that setting a proper threshold on the pixel intensity works well if the signal/noise ratio is high. Two methods of determining the proper threshold are presented, and the results are discussed. As one application of the technique, the fractal dimension of the scalar interface is calculated.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computational Mechanics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes